This is episode 112 of crankygeeks. Here is the episode page description:
Blockbuster to Buy Circuit City, Tech Patent Bill in Trouble, Linux Subnotebooks, Govt. Satellite Spies, and more!
What's new in Episode 112
Sebastian Rupley, Co-Crank, PCMagCast.com
John Davison, President, WhatTheyLike.com
David Spark, Tech Journalist
Blockbuster to Buy Circuit City
Blockbuster said Monday it has offered to pay more than $1 billion for struggling Circuit City Stores, but the nation's second biggest consumer electronics chain questioned whether the movie-rental company can finance the deal. Should this deal go through?
Non-Scientist Claims Cancer Cure
A retired radio engineer named John Kanzius--who has no medical background--has what is being called a possible cure for many kinds of cancer, without side effects. The new proposed treatment would bind tiny metallic substances to cancer cells then nuke them in a targeted way with radio waves.
Researchers: Windows is Collapsing Under Weight of its Code
Windows is in danger of "collapsing" under the weight of all its code and needs a serious overhaul, according to Gartner analysts. The OS is a victim of legacy-code bloat that slows development and makes innovation sluggish.
Government Satellites to Spy On Us
The Bush administration said that it plans to start using the nation's most advanced spy technology for domestic purposes soon. Sophisticated overhead sensor data will be used for law enforcement once privacy and civil rights concerns are resolved, they say. Riiiiiight!
Linux Subnotebooks: They're a Hit
HP's new Mini-Note has joined the Asus Eee PC and other subnotebooks in the competitive fray to deliver ultra-cheap portable machines. Does Linux have a future at the low end of the portable pricing scale?
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